Program Manager - Reproductive, Maternal, Newborn, Child and Adolescent Health

Full Time
Program (Division)
Country Programs - Country Teams
Additional Location Description
With ~ 40% - 50% of travel domestically


Clinton Health Access Initiative Overview

The Clinton Health Access Initiative, Inc. (CHAI) is a global health organization committed to saving lives and reducing the burden of disease in low-and middle-income countries, while strengthening the capabilities of governments and the private sector in those countries to create and sustain high-quality health systems that can succeed without our assistance. For more information, please visit:


Program Background

Reproductive, Maternal, Newborn, Child and Adolescent Health outcomes in Uganda remain below national and global targets despite concerted efforts by policy makers, health managers, service providers, development partners and civil society organizations. While investments in Reproductive, Maternal, Newborn, Child and Adolescent Health have translated into tremendous scale up of essential services for women, children and adolescent girls, indicators remain poor. For instance, while under five mortality reduced by 50% between 2006 and 2016, neonatal mortality increased over the same period of time from 24 per 1,000 live births  to 27 per 1,000 live births; far from the national goal of 10 neonatal deaths per 1,000 live births by 2020.


Maternal mortality is unacceptably high, with a nationwide maternal mortality ratio of 336 per 100,000 live births, indicating that the risk of a woman in Uganda dying due to complications in pregnancy or childbirth is four times the global average and above the national target of 211 per 100,000 live births by 2020. Uganda’s modern contraceptive prevalence rate among married women is 35% and only 20% among married adolescents, contributing to a high teen pregnancy rate.


CHAI will implement an evidence based Reproductive, Maternal, Newborn, Child and Adolescent Health project to support the Government of Uganda address the challenges above. The 4 year project will focus on ensuring that timely and quality Reproductive, Maternal, Newborn, Child and Adolescent Health services are available and accessible to women, adolescents and children. Working at national, district and community level, the program will focus on equipping, and building the capacity of the health system to ably manage, deliver and sustain improvement in Reproductive, Maternal, Newborn, Child and Adolescent Health programming. The project will be implemented in 5 districts. 


Position Description

The Program Manager will lead a team of approximately 5 direct reports to manage CHAI’s Reproductive, Maternal, Newborn, Child and Adolescent Health work and will play key management, liaison and coordination roles in supervising the planning and implementation of all Reproductive, Maternal, Newborn, Child and Adolescent Health-related project activities, ensuring that all activities are properly and timely performed and that outputs are accomplished and delivered according to the agreed work plans.


The Program Manager ensures the effective and efficient management of the program by supporting design, planning and management processes. He/She will work in close collaboration with the Reproductive, Maternal, Newborn, Child and Adolescent Health team, district local governments and Ministry of Health for achievement of results, anticipating and resolving complex project-related issues and information delivery. The program manager is expected to exercise full compliance with CHAI programming, financial, procurement and administrative rules, regulations, policies and strategies. This position will require approximately 40%-50% of travel domestically.



Program management and coordination 

  • Work closely with the Associate Director to oversee program implementation in target districts in Uganda and coordinate with other program partners and stakeholders, particularly the Ministry of Health
  • Provide technical supervision and assign technical responsibilities as needed for the program staff ensuring adherence to and integration of global and national standards and practices
  • Liaise with other organizations and CHAI global teams to collaborate in standard setting, materials development, documentation and learning activities
  • Monitor the implementation of program activities, program finance expenditure, and program Monitoring and Evaluation


Program implementation

  • Report to Associate Director on all technical, administrative and financial activities affecting program implementation
  • Guide program staff in design and development of Annual Operation Plans and budgets
  • Communicate program technical changes / differences to relevant stakeholders
  • Coordinate implementation studies and promote learning through the best available practices and resources.


Project monitoring and evaluation

  • Ensure a functional project Monitoring and Evaluation system
  • Review quantitative and qualitative data on an ongoing basis to evaluate performance of the project and provide guidance to the program implementing team
  • Ensure the timely preparation of high quality project performance updates


Finance management

  • Ensure the timely preparation and submission of disbursement requests
  • Monitor and assess key risks affecting project implementation
  • Ensure that project finances and assets are managed in line with CHAI policies and donor requirements
  • Monitor budget performance and ensure proper budget management and control
  • Monitor contracts with service providers for quality of outputs and value for money


Performance management and supervision

  • Supervise and provide guidance to program staff, set staff performance standards and monitor workloads
  • Review, evaluate and prioritize project staff activities on an ongoing basis and undertake field visits to perform oversight function


Networking and collaboration

  • Together with the Associate Director, nurture and ensure the growth of strong, sustainable networks and partnerships for effective program implementation
  • Participate and represent CHAI in key engagements and technical working forums at national level to profile and support replication of national and sub national level activities
  • Develop or strengthen existing platforms for sharing information with partners and stakeholders


Documentation and reporting

  • Coordinate development and submission of routine program/project reports as per funder requirements
  • Ensure documentation and sharing of best/promising practices to strengthen CHAI’s institutional memory and learning


  • Master’s Degree in business administration, medicine, public health or a related field, or equivalent job experience
  • A minimum of 5 years’ experience in a rigorous private or public position, with increasing levels of responsibility and leadership
  • Excellent communication and relationship management skills
  • Strong quantitative skills, including proficiency in Excel
  • Ability to create compelling, logical presentations and reports, using PowerPoint, Word and other media



  • Experience in a rigorous private sector environment such as strategy consulting
  • Experience working in public health, particularly with a focus on Reproductive, Maternal, Newborn, Child and Adolescent Health


Key competences

  • Competent project management skills, and able to operate independently and coach others
  • Heavily influences program/functional development across related project areas
  • Manages multiple projects or work streams
  • Advises supervisor on program, systems and procedural improvements
  • Suggests new initiatives, team activities, work streams, projects
  • Increasing evidence of leadership within a team i.e. takes on projects that are not directly related to lines of responsibility; assists others in the team both formal and informal mentorship, etc.
  • Rigorously and logically identifies holistic issues
  • Recognizes when additional information or consultation with senior team members is required
  • Suggests new alternative approaches to solve problems
  • Independently develops sound recommendations
  • Translates data and information into practical or policy applications
  • Supervises medium sized team or integration of multiple medium-sized teams
  • Makes recommendations on hiring decisions
  • Point person for some key senior relationships
  • Building reputation as go-to person for quality outputs, reliable delivery and strategic counsel
  • Manages execution against project budget
  • Prepares complex, accurate and timely budget analyses that are linked to strategic objectives
  • Understands budgetary cycles and financial management procedures


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